Many people think of splendor, luxury, crystal and shine when it comes to chandelier. However, in the modern world, chandeliers are much more modern, sometimes minimal and easily accessible items. They are like pieces of jewelry that reflect your personal style for your home. If you take a closer look, you’ll see that one of the easiest ways to transform the overall style of your home is with chandeliers.
This article will help you how to choose the necessary chandeliers for your home. Knowing what you need in lighting is key to long-term happiness. Chandeliers are the best choice for for general ambient lighting other than special purpose work lighting. Your chandelier is the general light source in your room. Chandeliers are the jewels of your home and they lend elegance and charm to their surroundings, fill your room with light, but for right lighting, they should be compatible with other lighting in your room, both visually and lightly. Here’s what you should know before choosing a chandelier.
What should be the required light level according to the requirements of the place to be used? Different light values are needed in different places such as living room, living room, kitchen, bedroom.
What should be the size of your chandelier according to the room sizes to be used?
What should be the height of the room and chandelier according to the location?
Do you have any style in mind?
Which colors will match your furniture in the room?
What should be the weight of the chandelier you buy?
The need for light varies according to the room where you will use your chandelier. For example, we need much higher light in places such as kitchens and bathrooms, while we need less light in places such as bedrooms. The experts already prepared the relevant tables for the required light level and calculations for home spaces. While purchasing your chandelier, do not forget to get information from the sales representative. For more detailed information and tables, you can check out all of our blog posts.
If you support your chandelier with different light sources for large halls, you can create a much more attractive environment. For example, a corner lamp or a table lamp with a lamp shade on the coffee table. However, the visual styles and light temperatures (Kelvin values) of these lightings should be compatible with each other. Try using the same type of ampoules in these products. If there are support lightings that use LED light sources such as spotlights and hidden lights that you will use in your living room, and your chandeliers are illuminated with bulbs, then it is recommended to select 2700K and 3000K values as the light color of the LEDs used. If you are asking yourself what is the color temperature of light, there is an article explaining the color of light at https://www.avonni.com/blog/
Choosing a chandelier for the bedroom
- Choose warm lights (3000K) in your chandelier because of their relaxing effect.
- For make-up and clothing selections, you can use white-colored backlighting or cabinet lighting.
- In order to obtain a dim and soft light in your chandeliers, lampshade models or indirect lighting models should be chosen. Do not use models with bare light bulbs in your bedroom.
Choosing a chandelier for the kitchen
Remember: The place where you will most need light is in the kitchen. Kitchen chandeliers must be able to give intense light. It should be suitable for the use of light sources offering high lumen. Meal preparations should be able to be prepared under plenty of light both visually and without causing any kitchen accidents. Provide support for your lighting with countertop lightings.
When you work on the kitchen counter, your chandelier is behind you and creating a shadow in front of you. In order to prevent the shadow from being sharp, instead of chandeliers with a single bulb in the center, models with multiple light bulbs should be preferred.
SIZE IS IMPORTANT
A chandelier should adapt to the space where it is located, both in terms of illumination and size. A chandelier that is small to the place would be very striking in a negative sense. If you do not have a clear decision about the size and you can not make a decision between two sizes, choose the larger one. Interior decoration experts make their choices in the direction of those slightly larger than the appropriate size. A little bigger is better than a small chandelier. Specialists in interior decoration have developed some calculation methods for the size of the chandelier suitable for a space. You can apply the simplest of them as follows.
Calculate the width and height of the room where you will hang your chandelier in cm. Add these two values and if you divide the total value by / 12, the diameter of your chandelier you should buy will come out. As an example, let the dimensions of our room be 4m x 5m. Room value will be 400 cm +500 cm = 900 cm. The diameter of our chandelier will be 900 cm / 12 = 75 cm. If you cannot find a chandelier with a diameter of 75 cm depending on the design, you should choose products close to this value (+ – 10%).
If your room is a full rectangle and 2 chandeliers need to be hung, then you can apply the following formula. Diameter of the chandelier = 1.50 x (Width + Length) / 24 As an example, let the dimensions of your room be 6m x 4m and you have 2 connection points to hang the chandelier from the ceiling. The diameter of each chandelier to be used will be: 1.5 x (400 + 600) / 24 = 62.50 cm.
If you are going to walk under your chandelier, the lowest part of your chandelier should be 200 cm above the ground. If your chandelier is hung over a coffee table or dining table, then the height may be less. If the ceiling height of the space is higher than 350 cm, the hanging height of the chandelier should be increased or a longer chandelier should be chosen. If your ceiling height is less than 240 cm, then you can use ceiling fixtures that look like a chandelier instead of a chandelier on the ceiling. If you are hanging your chandelier on the dining table, your chandelier should be at least 80 cm above the dining table. It is helpful for you to have information about your table height for your chandelier choices.
WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?
Chandeliers come in a variety of looks to suit your decor or special style. Let’s take a brief look at the chandelier styles you may encounter frequently in lighting stores.
It is one of the most common styles historically. Crystal chandeliers provide a sense of luxury and shine. When you buy a crystal chandelier, one of the issues you need to pay attention to is the light bulbs you will use in the chandelier. Incandescent or halogen bulbs offer very suitable lighting for crystal chandeliers. Light passing through the crystal can be divided into 7 colors and offers a radiant atmosphere. The most intense form of visual elegance is manifested by these colorful rays of light.
If you are using energy-saving or low CRI LED bulbs, you cannot see this color glow very clearly. For this reason, you should take care to use halogen bulbs. Although the fashion of classic chandeliers decreases from time to time, they never disappear and they can always continue to show themselves as valuable. Crystal qualities are the main factor determining the value of the product. Although it is not preferred by young people, the first choice that comes to mind when people of middle age and older people think of chandeliers is crystal chandeliers.
Tiffany (Glass Mosaic)
Design made by multiple, small and different colored pieces of decorative glass are each mounted in a copper frame, and the tiffany fixture consists of multiple frames containing these colored glass. Usually multicolored, glass is arranged in geometric patterns. Colored glasses can be distributed randomly or they can be manufactured to form a holistic pattern. It provides a very elegant ambiance to its environment, but it cannot provide sufficient lighting. They are especially used as decor. These products show themselves in the sun-drenched windows of the mosques, in the holy places, in the mosaic chandeliers of restaurants, cafes and hookah halls decorated in old style. It is suitable for dim spaces where your lighting needs are minimal.
It literally means the decor that gives a village house or village look, but in the language of lighting, chandeliers made of elements from nature are rustic chandeliers. The materials used are wood, iron, natural stones, ropes. The most beautiful feature of these chandeliers is that the nostalgic value increases as they get older.
Modern / Contemporary Chandeliers
Any new style designed after 1930 is considered contemporary. Modern chandeliers are the most applied style of technological developments. Instead of LED bulbs, LED lights that come integrated on the product are usually found in modern chandeliers. They offer simplicity and ostentation together. Modern chandeliers renew themselves and their style almost every year. Due to the new models designed every year and put on the market, the product you buy may be out of style within 3-5 years. Young people who buy modern chandeliers renew their chandeliers a few years later due to a change in style, before the product gets old or loses its functionality.
Traditional (Classic) Chandeliers
Chandeliers with carved cast arms are included in the group of classical chandeliers. Brass, aluminum or zamak materials can be used as casting. Decorative crystals, ceramic plates or glass lanterns can be used to complete the decoration in these chandeliers. Chandeliers with an engraved cast iron bollard in the middle are very suitable products for halls with a flashy and carved sofa set. This style, which has been used for more than a hundred years, carries the traces of a culture that is very long and never out of fashion. These chandeliers show themselves better in places with high ceilings.
The best feature of these chandeliers is that they look better as they age. The elapsed time adds both character and beauty to the product. Although it is not preferred by young people, it is a chandelier style preferred by middle age and older people. Today, models that have undergone a modern evolution by using glass arms instead of cast arms are frequently found in the market. Cast parts show themselves less in these models with glass sleeves. Crystal bollards can be used instead of cast iron bollards in the middle of the chandelier.
Industrial pendant lamps
They are lighting products manufactured using pendants made of aluminum or iron material, cage-shaped pendants, plumbing pipes and pipe fittings. These chandeliers have been described by many customers as “functional but visually interesting”. Industrial styles are used in cafes, patisseries and restaurants targeting the young population. However, this interesting style can be used in many places, from teen rooms to hair salons.
Before you go to buy your chandelier, learn about the ceiling structure in your home. Find out the weight that the ceiling can carry and buy a chandelier that weighs 1/3 of this carrying capacity. If you want to hang your chandelier yourself, make sure that the hook on which you will hang your chandelier is firmly attached to the concrete or steel construction on the ceiling.
Remember, you and your family will live under your chandelier. Install in accordance with the safety directives defined by the chandelier manufacturer. The most convenient one is that the chandelier you purchased is made by the company selling it or by a professionally qualified assembly expert.
WHAT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REQUIRED
Take pictures of the interior of your house with your mobile phone or tablet before going to lighting stores, so that you can get better advice from the sales consultants working in the chandelier store.
If you haven’t bought your furniture yet (building a new house or getting married), photograph the carpet, furniture and wall paint colors you plan to buy with your mobile phone and show them to the sales consultant at the lighting store.
Have clear information about the ceiling height of your home.
Knowing the room sizes provides you convenience in choosing a chandelier.
Know how many chandelier places there are in your living room. If it is more than one, write down the distance between the chandeliers.
Be aware of whether there is a plasterboard on the ceiling. It will guide you in the selection of ceiling fittings for chandeliers. Let your sales consultant know if there is a plasterboard in the room where you chose the chandelier.
Check if there is any lighting other than the chandelier, especially in the halls. Hidden LED lighting, recessed spots on the ceiling edge, etc. Be aware of both the light colors and numbers of these additional lights. It will guide you and your sales consultant in the light qualification selection of your chandeliers.
If you are buying a chandelier for your entrance, check the opening position of your apartment door and the point where your chandelier will hang. Make sure your opening circle door won’t hit your hanging chandelier. Otherwise, you should choose a light fixture that close to the ceiling.